Skip to main content

give us your email please...

As an IT professional my email inbox is constantly inundated by offers, white papers and seminar invitations to various sponsored events wishing to sell one thing or another under the guise of doing my business a favor. I usually skim and delete the messages that aren't relevant to my business focus or that I otherwise don't find interesting. Today I received a ZiffDavis letter filled with sponsored white papers , now I've signed up to ZiffDavis events before but I can almost swear that my account information goes kaput every few months. I was about to just delete the message but then noticed a white paper that was relevant to my business and grudgingly slicked the disengenuously titled "download now" button.

As I was expecting that action took me to another page where I was instructed to enter my email address. Okay, no problem I have several email addresses to fill up with the junk that you eventually receive when you sign up for these papers and used one. Now you would expect the next step to be the download starting but you'd be wrong, another page presented itself this one filled with empty form fields for me to provide incredible details about myself that have absolutely NOTHING to do with my downloading the paper. I wonder why companies feel the need to be so sneaky in trying to get my information? I've encountered this type of activity from various forms and sites for over 10 years now and every time I get pissed off and usually terminate the browser window on the spot. They miss out on a prospective customer or viewer of their service because they are insulting my intelligence, and I won't accept it from corporations. I've noticed that this is a common practice in online sites, for example many sites state you only have to provide your email address and then after you do that send you a page or two more of account details to add before you are given a free account it is to me a sign of a bad business relationship and not something I would ever do to a prospective customer. Say what you mean and mean what you say, will get you the loyalty of visitors who know that you aren't trying to trick them into giving information. In my consumer site design currently under way, all that is needed to create a new account is an email address and confirmation via live verification using a Turing image, everything else can be provided at the users leisure AFTER they have an active account. In my site the account is activated by clicking on the email sent to the provided email account, a dead simple process as it should be. Most non techies using a computer are fearful of clicking the wrong icon and crashing a computer, they are far less sophisticated on average than most web designers so making things as easy for them as possible is imperative to getting them to create accounts and then later spread the news to their friends and colleagues about just how great your service is!! So moral of the story, in your designs don't insult the intelligence of your users and make sign up as minimal as possible.


Popular posts from this blog

Highly targeted Cpg vaccine immunotherapy for a range of cancer


This will surely go down as a seminal advance in cancer therapy. It reads like magic:

So this new approach looks for the specific proteins that are associated with a given tumors resistance to attack by the body's T cells, it then adjusts those T cells to be hyper sensitive to the specific oncogenic proteins targeted. These cells become essentially The Terminator​ T cells in the specific tumor AND have the multiplied effect of traveling along the immune pathway of spreading that the cancer many have metastasized. This is huge squared because it means you can essentially use targeting one tumor to identify and eliminate distal tumors that you many not even realize exist.

This allows the therapy for treating cancer to, for the first time; end the "wack a mole" problem that has frustrated traditional shot gun methods of treatment involving radiation and chemotherapy ...which by their nature unfortunately damage parts of the body that are not cancer laden but …

Engineers versus Programmers

I have found as more non formally trained people enter the coding space, the quality of code that results varies in an interesting way.

The formalities of learning to code in a structured course at University involve often strong focus on "correctness" and efficiency in the form of big O representations for the algorithms created.

Much less focus tends to be placed on what I'll call practical programming, which is the type of code that engineers (note I didn't use "programmers" on purpose) must learn to write.

Programmers are what Universities create, students that can take a defined development environment and within in write an algorithm for computing some sequence or traversing a tree or encoding and decoding a string. Efficiency and invariant rules are guiding development missions. Execution time for creating the solution is often a week or more depending on the professor and their style of teaching code and giving out problems. This type of coding is devo…

AgilEntity Architecture: Action Oriented Workflow

Permissions, fine grained versus management headache
The usual method for determining which users can perform a given function on a given object in a managed system, employs providing those Users with specific access rights via the use of permissions. Often these permissions are also able to be granted to collections called Groups, to which Users are added. The combination of Permissions and Groups provides the ability to provide as atomic a dissemination of rights across the User space as possible. However, this granularity comes at the price of reduced efficiency for managing the created permissions and more importantly the Groups that collect Users designated to perform sets of actions. Essentially the Groups serve as access control lists in many systems, which for the variable and often changing environment of business applications means a need to constantly update the ACL’s (groups) in order to add or remove individuals based on their ability to perform certain actions. Also, the…